Closing May 11, 2024

A Seat At The Table

A Seat At The Table: Chinese Immigration and British Columbia

Exhibition Overview

A Seat at the Table is an opportunity to consider the contributions that Chinese migrants and their descendants have made to British Columbia, a province built from the interaction of successive and concurrent waves of migration and uninterrupted occupation by Indigenous peoples.

Using food as an entry point, this award-winning exhibition highlights stories that reveal the great diversity of immigrant experiences and of the communities immigrants develop. One of the largest museum projects on Chinese Canadian history and culture in Canada to date, it addresses themes of belonging, racism, agency, resilience and reparation as important facets of the complex picture of Chinese migrants and their descendants in the province.

Cumberland was once a major hub of Chinese Canadian immigration in BC, and to this day former Cumberland Chinatown residents and their descendants reunite annually to celebrate their community. A Seat at the Table tells diverse stories of Chinese Canadians in BC, while highlighting Cumberland’s rich Chinese Canadian heritage.

The exhibition is presented in English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.